On October 5, a dozen activists and candidates assembled at the Monroe / Lenawee Central Labor Council (CLC) in downtown Monroe to go into the community and talk to fellow union members about the upcoming City Council elections.
After a brief training, folks departed to canvass for the Monroe City Council “Working Families Slate” comprised of candidates who come from a union background and are committed to standing up for working families if elected. The Central Labor Council has endorsed Bronco McKart (UWUA), Jerry McKart (LIUNA), Willie Hall (UAW), Matt Vititoe (UCAN – Community Activist), and Gloria Rafko (MEA/UAW).
Activist and one of the event organizers Jerry Young (UFCW Local 876) had this to say about the day’s events: “It starts here; it starts organizing at the grassroots. This is the way that we can get organized and effect change.”
Monroe / Lenawee Central Labor Council President Lee Sharpe noted how critical the day’s events were, and how organizing is such an important priority, saying, “We are going to show how valuable a CLC endorsement really is and support our union brothers and sisters that are running for office.”
Michigan AFL-CIO President Karla Swift was also there to knock doors and talk to working families. She spoke about the importance of the organizing drives in Monroe and across Michigan.
For more information or to sign up to volunteer for working family candidates and issues in St. Clair Shores, Kalamazoo, Royal Oak, or Monroe, visit our Volunteer Center at http://miaflcio.org/action-center/volunteer/.